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bend (one's) ear

To talk to someone for a long time, usually causing the listener to become bored or annoyed. Do you guys need any help in the kitchen? Uncle Stu has been bending my ear about the stock market for the past hour!
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bend someone's ear

Fig. to talk to someone, perhaps annoyingly. (As if talking so much that the other person's ear is moved back.) Tom is over there, bending Jane's ear about something. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to bend your ear for an hour.
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bend someone's ear

Talk about a matter at tedious length; monopolize someone's attention. For example, Aunt Mary is always bending his ear about her financial problems. This term may have come from the much older to bend one's ear to someone, meaning "to listen to someone," although the current phrase implies a less than willing audience. [Colloquial; c. 1940]
See also: bend, ear

bend someone's ear

INFORMAL
If someone bends your ear, they keep talking to you about something, often about a problem they have or something they want you to do. I had Jo bending my ear for over an hour with all her problems. He was fed up with people bending his ear about staying on at school.
See also: bend, ear

bend someone's ear

talk to someone, especially with great eagerness or in order to ask a favour. informal
See also: bend, ear

bend somebody’s ˈear (about something)

(informal) talk to somebody a lot about something, especially about a problem that you have: Max has been bending my ear all night about his job.
See also: bend, ear

bend (someone's) ear

Slang
To talk to at length, usually excessively.
See also: bend, ear
References in classic literature ?
The whispered sounds I caught by bending my ear to his lips puzzled me utterly.
People are always bending my ear on how Pride could be done better but when they get the chance to have an input they can't be bothered.
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Barristers have been bending my ear about their struggle to learn the 4,000 new laws Labour has passed since coming to power.
I'M standing at a bus stop yesterday minding my own business and a complete stranger starts bending my ear about the weather, so I jump in a taxi.
Ken started bending my ear about his horse two months ago and his dreams of winning the race made famous in its day as the Schweppes by his hero Ryan Price.
Apart from a copy of Dr Spock, which was thick and therefore awfully good for holding up the shoogly table leg, I didn't have any expert bending my ear about how I should raise my children.